The Book: Sandra Boynton, BUT NOT THE HIPPOPOTAMUS. Little Simon board book, 1995. Very good condition; some smudging to front cover.
First read: 1996
Owned since: 1996
Sorry I haven't posted for a couple of days. I have no excuse but pressures of work and a weird February malaise. Blame it on the eclipse.
Anyway, I've noticed the blog books taking a heavy turn lately, and I've also noticed that all the authors have been men. So let's lighten up. This book was part of a set of three that I bought for a friend's baby -- which baby, which friend I don't remember -- but I was so charmed by this book that I kept it, and only gave the other two away.
"A hog and a frog do a dance in the bog," the book begins. "But not the hippopotamus." The story continues with other friends doing fun things, and leaving the hippopotamus out -- until the end of the book, where everyone notices that the hippopotamus isn't playing, and says, "Hey! Come join us!"
The subtle moral is that if the hippopotamus feels left out, it has more to do with her own assumption that she's not welcome than with anyone else's intention to reject her. I need the reminder sometimes.
The new snow is pretty and the sun is shining, so Dizzy and I are headed out to the rail trail before a day of rehearsals. I am thoroughly disgusted with Ralph Nader's absurd, narcissistic, megalomanic decision to run for President again this year. It would be tragic if it weren't so infuriating.